2010 Farewell to paint
In March 2010, Tikkurila was listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange and we distributed 86 percent of its shares as dividends. With the separation of Tikkurila, we lost a significant part of its turnover, but at the same time, it was an expression of the new strategy.
2010 Further focus on hydrochemistry
As we focused on our water-related businesses aligned to our strategy, the Kokkola sulfuric acid plant was sold to Boliden Kokkola Oy on 1 May 2010 and the formic acid business to Taminco on December 23, 2013.
2013 Where water meets chemistry (?)
On July 1, 2013, Kemira announced the acquisition the Italian 3F Chimica, a producer of polymers for industry and wastewater treatment strengthening its position as one of the leading international polymer manufacturers. In the following year, we further strengthened our position in the packaging board industry and in the Asian market by acquiring AkzoNobel’s paper chemical business.
2014 Jari Rosendal sets a new course
Jari Rosendal started as the CEO on May 1, 2014, replacing Wolfgang Büchele, who was the first foreign CEO of Kemira from 2012.
Expanding our footprint in the growing APAC region, the Nanjing, China plant was opened. And our commitment to the pulp and paper industry was demonstrated with the acquisition of the BASF AKD emulsion business and the expansion of our production at Telêmaco Borba, Brazil.
2015 Expanding to meet customer needs
Focus on pulp and paper industry continued in 2015, with expansion at San Giorgio, Italy targeting the tissue industry in EMEA. During the same year, the acquisition of AkzoNobel paper chemicals business was completed in May. The following year, the Ortiguiera, Brazil site began production of sodium chlorate and in 2017, the Joutseno sodium chlorate expansion was successfully started up.
In June 2015, production started at our new water treatment chemicals plant in Tarragona, Spain.
2018 Adding to your everyday
In 2017, a new sizing production line opened in Nanjing, China and an investment in our Estella, Spain site brought new wet strength resin production to the site.
To further strengthen our position as a leading global supplier for the Pulp & Paper industry, Kemira formed a joint venture (NewCo) in China with AKD producer, Shandong Tiancheng Wanfeng Chemical Technology. A multi-million euro investment to expand production at our Joutseno chlor-alkali site in Finland was announced in April.
2019 Addressing market demand
In 2019, we announced significant capacity extension of our ferric sulfate water treatment chemicals production line in Goole, UK to address expected market demand for coagulants used in water treatment, driven by stricter regulation regarding e.g. phosphorus removal. We also broke ground on a polymer expansion at our Mobile, USA site and added sodium chlorate capacity to our Eastover, USA plant.